Risk assessments are important to conduct regularly within all workplaces. This is because the duty of these assessments is to evaluate how safe a workspace is and then use the findings to make changes so that staff are being cared for better and that the risk of injury is reduced.
The benefit of doing a risk assessment is that it makes the office environment a better place to be, which can not only keep people from seriously hurting themselves, but it can also foster productivity too. It can also prevent injuries that might result in a personal injury claim, so it is a good thing for businesses to do to help protect them and their staff.
Here are the fundamentals of how to conduct a risk assessment, so that your work environment is as safe as it can be.
Identify the Hazards
The first thing that needs to be done is to first identify the hazards in your workplace. It’s important that you learn how to identify between a hazard and a risk, as they’re different. A hazard is something that has the potential to cause harm, and can be something such as chemicals in a cupboard, a dangerous piece of equipment or an uneven bit of flooring. A risk on the other hand is the likelihood of that potential harm from the hazard will occur, and this can be ranked between 1 to 3.
The main purpose of a risk assessment is to find all the hazards in your work area, evaluate the risk level and then do what you can to reduce that number.
Figure Out Who Might Be Harmed
Once you’ve located and identified all the hazards in your workspace, you then need to decide on the people who are most likely to be harmed by it. For example, uneven flooring in the reception area might be a risk for the general public, but faulty equipment might be a risk for warehouse operators. If anyone is hurt by these hazards, and nothing has been done about it to protect them, then they might have a personal injury lawsuit against the company, with the help of Brown and Crouppen Law Firm.
You also need to figure out how that hazard might cause harm to the identified people(s) such as uneven floors causing trips and falls, and faulty equipment potentially causing burns.
Decide on How to Control the Hazard
Now that you know the hazards in your workplace, and the people in which they can harm, you then to figure out ways to limit that potential risk. The best way to do this is to completely remove the hazard from the workplace, such as leveling an uneven floor or fixing a faulty piece of equipment.
However, there is always going to be occasions where you can’t eliminate the risk entirely, especially if you work in a factory, manufacturing or warehouse setting. This is because you will always need potentially dangerous equipment. If you can’t eliminate the risk, you can always reduce it, and in this example, training can be used to teach staff of the best practices to keep them safe. As long as you’ve reduced the level of risk since starting your risk assessment, then it has been successful.